Cooperation in the field of ipr enforcement: memorandum of understanding on the sale of counterfeit goods over the internet

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On May 4 2011, in a ceremony hosted by the European Commission, a representative group of leading rights holders and internet platforms signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Sale of Counterfeit Goods over the Internet.[i]

The fight against counterfeiting is a key area of EU collaboration, although its methodology remains a subject of ongoing debate. The European Union already has a number of legal instruments in place, such as the 2004 Enforcement Directive [ii] which requires all member states to apply effective, dissuasive and proportionate remedies and penalties against those engaged in counterfeiting and piracy, thus creating a level playing-field for right holders. […]

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